Technical Committee on Yam Export says yam exporters are concluding processes leading to the export of a second consignment of yams to the United Kingdom and United States of America in the first quarter of this year.
Committee Chairman, Prof. Simon Irtwang, Chairman, said the committee had embarked on a tour of major markets, particularly those in the South-West to ascertain the quality of the yams.
“Not all species of yam are good for export. So, yam farmers and traders need to know the species that are good for export. They also need to know how to select, store and preserve them to increase their freshness and ability to stay long without decaying. We also have to let yam farmers know the seed yams they will plant that will be good for export,” Irtwang told newsmen in Abuja, Tuesday.
He revealed that there would be no publicity for the second export as the flag-off had already been done in July last year by the Federal Government, adding that yam exports would be done without much publicity until the National Assembly repealed the Export Prohibition Act.
Irtwang said there was constant communication between the committee and companies involved in the production of cartons for yams packaging as well as those receiving them abroad.
He noted that with the lessons from the first export, the second export would not witness any challenges.